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Baseball Sod

Spend the day with Huell at Angel's Stadium as he meets up with the good folks at West Coast Turf and learns all about the grass that they install at venues all over California.




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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Rocks in the Water

California is full of them. They are located in both fresh and salt water. Some are big and some are small. And they're all part of our state's rich geological and human history. We're talking about rocks in the water! And in this episode host Huell Howser visits three of the most fascinating of these rocks. First, Huell travels to scenic Lake Tahoe and boards a boat to Emerald Bay where he climbs all over Fannette Island, the only island in the entire lake.

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Corona Road Race

In the early 1900s, Corona was known for its citrus, and even dubbed " The World's Lemon Capitol." Legend has it that Corona was laid out to resemble a wagon wheel with Grand Boulevard as the rim. This circular street is still probably one of the most unusual thoroughfares in the world, and from 1913 to 1916 it was even used as a racetrack. Join Huell Howser as he steps back in time to recreate the Corona Road Races complete with vintage race cars and even an attendee from the 1916 race.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monarchs

Have you ever wondered what 100,000 Monarch Butterflies look like? Well here's your chance. Huell travels to Pismo State Beach to visit the largest overwintering site for Monarch butterflies in the U.S. More people visit this site than any another butterfly site in the world. Last year they had 50,000 visitors!

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Ladybugs

Huell goes on a ladybug hunt in a secret location and discovers where ladybugs really come from. You'll be surprised and overwhelmed by what he uncovers.



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Huell's California Adventures

National Parks

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Sturgeon's Mill

Huell visits a lumbermill... or is it a working museum? Join Huell, the founders great-grandson and a cast of characters at this historic place.



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Golden Gate Bridge

California's most recognized landmark takes center stage in an episode which focuses on its history (including rare footage of its construction) its beauty, and the incredible maintenance work that goes on daily to keep this towering structure in mint condition.

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Tallyrand

Huell visits a California institution and digs into some tasty food at Tallyrand Restaurant. This popular eatery got its start in 1959 when Al and Delores Thomas opened a small coffee shop on Olive Avenue in Burbank with just $5,000 in hand. Stop in today as they are still serving wonderful food and hospitality.

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Lute Fisk

It seems the most unlikely food to build a celebration around, but Huell partakes in the annual Scandinavian rite of passage -- Lutefisk. At the Sons of Norway Lodge in Van Nuys, Huell watches as members transform smelly, dried, leathery fish into a warm entree. Luckily for some members, there are Swedish meatballs, Norwegian bread, and sweets in addition to the fish.

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Holiday Classic: Poinsettias

Albert Ecke immigrated from Germany to Southern California in 1902 and opened a roadside stall selling fruits and vegetables. By the 1920s his son Paul started selling some of the wild poinsettia plants that grew in the hills above their stall. From these small beginnings, it is now estimated that over 90% of all flowering poinsettias get their start at the Paul Ecke Ranch. Join Huell and Luis as they meet Paul, Paul Jr. & Paul III, who give them a tour of this amazing and brightly colored piece of California's Christmas Gold.



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Japanese Mochi

 

The Japanese New Year tradition of making mochi is alive and well in Southern California. Huell uncovers the labor-intensive process of concocting the rice cake -- also known as "food of the gods" -- that begins with huge pots of steamed rice.

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Holiday Classic: Tuba Christmas

Photo: Charlie Kellogg/Flickr/Creative Commons License

Huell attends an annual holiday concert of traditional songs performed by hundreds of tubas.

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Eggnog Update

One of the most popular episodes of "Visiting" profiled Broguiere's Dairy in Montebello. Huell discovered during his first trip there that they also made a delectable eggnog and the family invited him to come back during the holiday season. Huell ultimately returned and got a behind-the-scenes look at how the unique drink is made. Broguiere's even makes special edition bottles in honor of their "favorite visitor," Huell, which is still in circulation.

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Holiday Star

Upland was hard hit by the 2003 wildfires. That following holiday season, this tight-knit community joined together to recreate a brilliantly lit star on a hilltop which shined for many years, but was destroyed by the fires. It is again a sign of hope and renewal for everyone who sees it.



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Abalone Farm

Huell travels to the Central Coast to visit an abalone farm. For years, Californians could pluck these mollusks off the rocks at low tide. However, overfishing and pollution has led to their decline. The Abalone Farm Inc. in Cayucos has been growing and selling the edible sea snails since 1968. Huell also goes to a local cafe to sample some farm-raised abalone.

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Sauerkraut

The Kruegermanns started making pickles in Germany in 1896. The family immigrated to California in 1965 along with their secret family recipes for pickles and sauerkraut. In this episode, Huell spends the day with this wonderful family at their 25,000-foot facility, where he learns all about the art of sauerkraut.

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Ackermansion

Huell takes a special tour of Forrest Ackerman's home, which was a shrine to and museum of horror memorabilia. The self-described coiner of the term "sci-fi," Dr. Ackula (as he liked to be called) boasted over 300,000 collectibles from books, genre films, and TV shows. He was also a literary agent and editor of numerous fanzines. Sadly, Ackerman passed away in 2008 so the museum is no longer operational.

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Mt. Hollywood

Huell embarks on an early morning adventure, talking to some of the hundreds of people who hike to the top of Mt. Hollywood every day for their physical and mental well-being.

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Avocados

Huell heads to Fallbrook in San Diego County to find out about the rich history of avocados in our state. This episode brought you the now-famous line, "now that's an avocado-eating dog."



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Model Boats

Huell joins the Orange County Model Sailing Club as they sail their radio-controlled schooners around the lake at Mason Regional Park in Irvine.

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China Clipper

They were huge flying boats named after the great sailing ships that in the 1800's sailed the oceans of the world. The luxurious Pan American "Clipper" planes of the 1930's took cargo, mail and passengers around the world in what was, for its time, considered a daring and pioneering feat. Pan American's Treasure Island terminal and lagoon became the home port for the Clipper's Pacific operations -- connecting the United States with the Far East by air.

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Under California

Trace the lives of two men whose unique dreams in the early part of the century helped them to create two of our state's most amazing buried treasures. First, we visit the Underground Gardens of Baldasare Forestiere, an incredible labyrinth of tunnels, courtyards and vines. Next, we visit the Burro Schmidt Tunnel, where for 50 years an early pioneer of the Mojave dug a 2,000 foot tunnel through a mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hollywood Sign

Huell learns the full history from, 1923 till now, from the people who work to preserve this icon.

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Mt. Wilson

Founded in December of 1904 by George Ellery Hale, Mount Wilson Observatory quickly rose to dominate astronomy worldwide. The Observatory hosts several of the most technologically advanced facilities in the world and is home to the 100-inch Hooker telescope. In this one-hour special, Huell spends the day at this magnificent location that's not only historic, but plays an important role in California's scientific research.

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Joshua Tree Special

Huell travels down to where the streets have no name. There, he sees the world's tallest, oldest, and most peculiar-looking Joshua Trees in an episode devoted to this remarkable desert plant. He later meets a man who grew up on a ranch in the seclusion of what is now Joshua Tree National Park.

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Hearst Ranch

We all know about Hearst Castle, but few people realize the Castle is surrounded by a 80,000-acre working ranch owned and operated by the Hearst Foundation. Huell gets a first-hand look at the Hearst Ranch from Steve Hearst.

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Santa Barbara Stagecoach

In this one-hour special, Huell retraces the route of the old Stagecoach line in and around Santa Barbara. Join him for a ride through history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Old-Fashioned Harvest

Huell attends a lively recreation of an old-fashioned harvest near Modesto where the participants use vintage equipment and farming techniques while dressed in authentic attire.

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California's Golden Parks

San Onofre State Beach

San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County covers some 2100 acres and has five miles of beach, including Trestles – one of the most famous and truly iconic surf spots in the world! Park Supt. Rich Rozzelle showed Huell a spectacular section of the park that most people don’t know exists. Turns out the park goes four miles inland, contains several archeological sites, is the home of seven threatened or endangered species and protects significant portions of San Mateo Creek, which is one of the last relatively unspoiled watersheds in Southern California. 

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San Luis Obispo Train

Join in the centennial celebration of the arrival of the first steam train to this isolated mid-coastal town. As part of the celebrations, the town's citizens have recreated the events exactly as they happened a century before. Huell passes through the historic tunnels and tressels in a period steam engine as he descends into this festive town.

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Museum/ San Antonio Winery

Huell looks at two little known downtown attractions: the Grier Musser Museum and the San Antonio Winery, the last remaining winery in Los Angeles.

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Busch Gardens

Before there was Disneyland and other large amusement parks, there was Busch Gardens. Huell goes to Pasadena where he literally uncovers the lost and largely forgotten original Busch Gardens, a botanical paradise, which amused visitors from 1905 to 1938.

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California's State Parks

Explore two of California's most interesting State Parks: the Providence Mountain State Recreation Area, located in the Eastern Mojave Desert, to see the famous Mitchell Caverns Nature Reserve; and the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, in the Sierra Nevadas, where we see a Miwok Indians legacy in a vast rock covered with thousands of grinding pits.

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William S. Hart Park and Museum

In this episode, Huell visits the historic William S. Hart Park and Museum in Newhall.

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Pig Ears

When Huell’s bartender at Musso & Frank told Huell how much he liked to eat pig ears as a child…. well Huell dove right in and learned a lot more than he expected about different cultures and this culinary treat.

To see a Latin spin on how pig ears are prepared, Huell stops by Gaytan Foods and sees the pickled pig ears. Then he meets up with Ruben (from Musso’s) at Durango Restaurant where they cook them just like him Mom used to. Finally, he samples a gelatinous Asian delicacy at the Chung King Restaurant.

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Zzyzx

Huell takes the Zzyzx off-ramp from the I-15 freeway and sees what this iconic exit is all about: from its early history as a Mineral Springs & Health Spa to its current incarnation as the Desert Studies Center.

 

 

 

 

 

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Historic Chickens

A 1916 brochure called the town of Petaluma "The largest poultry center in the world" and up until the sixties, Petaluma was a major player in the world of chickens. In 1915, Petaluma shipped 11,681,134 dozen eggs. Huell travels to Petaluma to attend the annual Butter and Egg Days celebration, which ran from 1916 to 1928 and was brought back in the early eighties. Petaluma pulls out all the stops in this wonderful small town gathering.

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On Stage

Visit two unique outdoor California theaters with long traditions of their own. First stop is the Spreckles Organ in San Diego, the world's largest outdoor organ. Weekly summer concerts have been held there since 1915. Then we travel to the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, where the unique art form tableaux vivants, or "living pictures," is practiced to amazing effect.

 

 

 

 

 

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Smartsville

You’ve probably used this word at some point in your life and never knew that it was actually a town in California. Timbuctoo was once a bustling gold rush town named after that far away place in Africa. There’s not much left, but Huell pays a visit to Timbuctoo, which is now privately owned. Next it’s off to Smartsville, that due to a post office mandate had to lose the “S” and became Smartville. The good citizens never gave up calling it Smartsville and took their case all the way to the federal government, who finally agreed to give them back their “S”.

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California's Golden Fairs

Nevada County Fair

Huell travels to Grass Valley, California to visit the Nevada County Fair, which is consistently referred to as "California's Most Beautiful Fairgrounds." This fair is all about the food! Various non-profit organizations cook up some of the most delicious eats imaginable to present a culinary smorgasbord.

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Trains

Celebrate train travel at Railfair '91 at the California Railroad Museum in Sacramento, and ride the rails at Railtown State Historic Park in Jamestown in the scenic Mother Lode foothill country.

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Pear Fair

Huell travels to the Sacramento Delta to learn about California pears. We start our adventure with a family who has been farming in the Delta for five generations. The soil and climate have made the area a perfect place to grow agriculture since the Gold Rush. Huell ends up at the 26th annual Pear Fair in Courtland, where he eats everything from pear ice cream to pear vinegar.



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Green Chiles

Huell meets up with green chile aficionados at an annual event where hundreds of people line up for fresh, roasted New Mexico green chiles.

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Living History

Experience a recreation of everyday life in a 19th century Russian community at Fort Ross State Historic Park. Sail aboard the state's official tall ship, the Californian, and see for yourself the site where Sir Francis Drake left a plate of brass when he landed on our California shore.

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State Library Treasures

Founded along with the State of California itself, the California State Library houses precious artifacts from California's infancy. Huell gets a private tour of this rare collection which includes California's first newspaper, mirror images of the gold country from the 1850s, a 17th Century map of California and John Marshall's own hand-drawn map and sketch of gold discovery.

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